This book is a masterpiece and totally compulsive reading. It is such a relief to read a book that is not overwritten. So many books today, the Luminaries which won the 2013 Booker - who knows how that happened- being a prime example, and so much theatre is overlong and over wordy. Alba writes like the poet she is. The book can be read on so many levels: the relationships between mother and daughter and father and daughter, the teenager breaking away from the family, the pain of growing up and trying to find out who you are, and of course the parents damage from their terrible experiences in the holocaust and how to adjust to such a dysfunctional family. It is such an honest open book, one that could be read many times. We went the other day to see an Arthur Miller play called the Last Yankee. In an hour and a quarter, Miller dealt with everything you could imagine: gender, politics, mental illness. Alba, like Miller, in a short beautifully written book does the same. It's all there and despite what her family went through and her own struggle, she does not ask for any sympathy.